It was a busy spring and summer here at the pond.  Things have been happening here that have kept me away from my computer. Still, I have managed to work in some crafting which I will finally share now that it’s autumn & my ability to post here has been curtailed.

First up is a scarf I made my father-in-law as an unbirthday gift during the winter that just wouldn’t leave. It is a novelty cotton on one side and a fleece on the other like these  from Christmas two years ago. I have to admit that this is a fabulous go-to present that is pretty, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive while being very customizable.

Fisherman scarf by E.A. Schneider

Fisherman scarf by E.A. Schneider

Next are a series of tea wallets I made using this tutorial:


Railroad wallet for my mom by E.A. Schneider


Railroad wallet for my mom by E.A. Schneider

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Mother's Day tea wallets by E.A. Schneider

Mother’s Day tea wallets by E.A. Schneider

Mother's Day tea wallets interior by E.A. Schneider

Mother’s Day tea wallets interior by E.A. Schneider

I also made one for my dad.

Dad's tea wallet

Dad’s tea wallet

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I made myself a Darwin coffee cozy using fabric from here. I love that I can drink coffee with Darwin whenever I want.

Darwin coffee cozy by E.A. Schneider

Darwin coffee cozy by E.A. Schneider

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For my mother-in-law  I made an armchair remote control caddy. I didn’t use a pattern, I just made it up. How do you like the action shot complete with nook and fountain pens? It matches the bedside organizer I made her in 2012. Thankfully she likes using both.


Armchair remote caddy by E.A. Schneider

Armchair remote caddy by E.A. Schneider

My great crafting achievement for the season were these eye-patches.

Eyepatch model III as modeled by my toy fox.

Eyepatch model III as modeled by my toy fox.

My eyepatch model IV as worn by my awesome griffin puppet. This is my favorite eyepatch.

My eyepatch model IV as worn by my awesome griffin puppet. This is my favorite eyepatch.

Just the eye patches. I made both using quilting  cotton, black rayon, cotton binding, heavy duty stiffener, and thin black elastic. I sewed them by hand.

Just the eye patches. I made both using quilting cotton, black rayon, cotton binding, heavy duty stiffener, and thin black elastic. I sewed them by hand.

I got tired of having random people impertinently ask me “What did you do to your eye?!?!?” Therefore I did what I make a point of doing: take circumstances and turn them into an opportunity to craft something beautiful. When I wore these I heard “Oh! That is so pretty!” instead and I felt powerful again. That’s a good feeling when you need to wear an eye-patch. I’m not going to tell you why I needed these, so don’t ask. All you need to know is that, yes, I needed them; no, it’s not contagious and yes I’m better now.

I made the pattern up after a lot of trial and error, three prototypes in fact.  I have to say that when you make something just for you it is a lot more comfortable than something out of the box. Perhaps I will finally learn how to sew my own clothes. If I can drive on a freeway, sew, work in a lab, wade in a pond, volunteer, and take pictures with one eye I hypothesize that I can do pretty much whatever I set my mind to with patience and God’s grace.

I’ve been plugging away on three quilts, a quillow, and an appliance cover. Given my continuing health adventures I don’t know when I’ll get them done but where there’s a will there’s a way. I’ll share pictures of them as I get them finished and sent off to people.

Thanks for reading and joining me here at the pond, dear readers. Today I will leave you with a little bit of autumn from my back yard.

Turning colors by E.A. Schneider

Turning colors by E.A. Schneider

My blue chair pillow o’ fun

At long-last! It is complete and it is fluffy.

And now for some crafting fun! I suppose this is another trip down memory lane but not a very long trip–I completed the pillow to the left about a year ago and just never posted pictures of it anywhere. Why, you might ask, is it called a blue chair pillow? Is it because it is on a chair? No, dear reader! That is not the reason. In truth this pillow has a bit of a story attached to it.

Once upon a time, when I was living in my first dorm room with my college roommate we had a blue recliner chair. It was the only piece of squishy comfy furniture we had in that cinder block space and we were very fond of it.  We inherited the chair from my elder brother who had it during his college years–it was a veteran of college shenanigans and dormitories without elevators. After a year of fun and silliness the blue chair, affectionately called Bob Dole’s chair (that is another story 😉 ), finally died. It fell to pieces. My roomie and I were very sad.  Being of a crafty stripe, I had the happy thought of taking the fabric off the chair and turning it into a pair of big squishy pillows, so that each of us would have part of the blue chair and a memento of our first year together. I finished the pillow for my roomie relatively rapidly for me–she had it within the following year. I never took a picture of it unfortunately but it was blue with a multi-colored pieced cotton ruffle going round it and a purple flowered flannel back. It was fuzzy and squishy and she seemed to like it. I was pleased.

For myself I designed the pictured scene using pieces of cotton from our first quilt project together  (her ruffle on her pillow had the same cottons I believe) and a fussy cut butterfly from a cotton bandanna. I dragged that pillow front around with me for the next four years, pins and all. It was my pointiest U.F.O. (unfinished object) and one of the biggest since naturally I had the pillow form too.  Finally after I got married and the prospect of moving once again shimmered on the horizon I said enough is enough–this will be the year it gets done already! And it was. Huzzah! 😀

Now for practicalities, I used fusible to iron on the cotton details to the blue chair foundation. I used my machine to straight stitch the pieces down for further stability but I left the edges raw. I used some duck cotton I happened to have in my stash to make the sashing and backing. I zig-zagged every edge of the duck since it was prone to raveling but that helped me keep a consistent quarter inch seam later on. This was my first time using braided trim and I was extra cautious. I basted every single piece together by hand using blue thread. It was a bother but I was jolly glad I took the time since it meant I could maneuver the whole kaboodle through my sewing machine without pins. Yay! for avoiding personal injury. I must say this is one of my favorite projects and it has a lot of happy memories now which I cherish every time I settle my head on it for a nap.

I think the fairy on a snail really makes the scene.

Happy butterfly!

Notice the blue bird buttons, so cute! I am incredibly proud I successfully wrangled the button holes.

Attack of the uber-cute Mollusks!!

Just a quick post today. My dear friend, A., introduced me to the joys of knitted amigurumi last fall. I immediately saw the geeky gift possibilities for my nerdy friends and family who have every other nifty stuffy and geeky toy.

My beloved big-sister (in-law) is a paleontologist who shares my own love for nerdy stuffies. When I saw the adorable amigurumi nautoloids on Knitty: I knew that I had to make her a set.

Here are the pics!!! Behold! A coiled nautolis.

<–A straight shelled nautolis! It was waaay easier using striped sock yarn. I think the yarn on this shell is going to be my new go-to amigurumi yarn.

Coiling that shell was so hard I had to show it again from another angle!

I also included this adorable snail I made. I used the pattern from:    which is super easy and fun to do.

And finally a group shot of all the mollusk cuteness! ^_^